Monday, January 15, 2024


A Place to Heal

A Place to Heal by Allie Pleiter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Christian fiction

Opening a camp for children who've dealt with tragedy is former police detective Dana Preston's goal in life. And she's found the perfect location -- Mason Avery's land. But convincing the widowed dad -- and the town -- to agree might take a little prayer and a lot of hard work...


Love Inspired books are often my comfort reads, a lighter read after something more dark. Every once in a while, though, I discover a gem that rises above other books, and A Place to Heal is that book. It's a beautifully written story that deals with a serious topic and captured me emotionally.

Dana and Mason are both victims of violence, and Dana wants to use that experience to help other grieving families who suffer from violence. Her vision of a family camp is so very compelling and I loved how her intelligence and enthusiasm helped to break down protective barriers that Mason had built up and win over a town.

A renewal of faith also enters in. In one scene, Dana was turning through some old hymnbooks and thought how people of faith must often turn to hymns for inspiration. Not as a substitute for Scripture, but I find such joy in the text of so many hymns!

Camp True North Springs... such a meaningful name that reflects the purposes and goals of the camp! Dana's thoughts as she was placing a blue blanket on the last bunk say it all: Blue. It was a brave color. A color of courage and protection. The color of water, of springs nourishing the dry land. If true north had a was blue.

A Place to Heal is a beautiful, heartfelt story. I look forward to other books in this series.

--"We wouldn't depend so much on God if we thought we could do it all alone."
-- "The thing about faith is that you can know - even when you can't feel - that things will turn out."

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